LAS VEGAS - Frankie Moreno is used to a stage. To the students at Las Vegas Academy of Arts, he's more than a performer. He's a teacher.
Moreno and his two brothers are teaching a course in songwriting. The class covers lyrics, verses, publishing and copyrighting.
"I think it's so amazing, because there are so many who love songwriting. It's great to get input," said senior Brittany McKay.
"They introduce you to all these cool people, and Frankie is such a talented person. It's an honor to work with him," added senior Jack Higgings.
After teaching songwriting for years, Moreno says it dawned on him to work with Las Vegas Academy of Arts.
"How can we get involved in that? What can we do? So, we put together a songwriting course, because they didn't have one of those," he said.
The students present their music, which varies in style. Moreno and his team then deconstruct the songs.
"We want it to be realistic. We want it not to be, ‘You're great.' It's got to be like, ‘Here's what you're doing wrong,'" Moreno said. "Some were ready to go - radio ready, their marketing, brand, the way they dress."
Some students are so good, Moreno and his band are incorporating them - and in some cases their originals - into his show.
One such student, a violinist, energized Moreno's audience. "We brought him out, and the crowd just went crazy. Kid was sixteen and seventeen. Just killed it. Standing ovation," Moreno said.
The students will continue to perform with Moreno and his band through the summer.
More people will also have the opportunity to see Moreno's show at the Stratosphere. Starting May 25, Moreno and the Stratosphere are lowering the minimum age for admission from 21 and over.
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